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Projecting the 2018 NBA All-Stars

West Reserves – Centers


Centers: Nikola Jokic

Decision: I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t get to watch Jokic play as much I would like to but when I do get the chance to see him play, he reminds me a lot of Porzingis and coming from a Knicks fan, that is the highest of compliments. Extremely tall, young, agile, good shooter, good passer, European, and definitely a big man that you can certainly build your team around. Sounds like Porzingis to me. Unless you’re a legit basketball fan, you might not have heard about Nikola Jokic yet but trust me, you will. The young guy is an absolute stud. I’ve been in a fantasy basketball league with my old fraternity brothers (KAPPA SIG WHADDUP) for a few years now and I saw the Denver Nuggets center put up crazy numbers last season. He definitely caught my attention then and so far in this young season, he has continued to catch my attention as one of the best young big men in the league. Definitely think Jokic deserves an All-Star roster spot in this year’s game.

Centers: Karl-Anthony Towns

Decision: Speaking of “best young big men in the league”, you could easily argue that Karl-Anthony Towns is the BEST young big man in the league. The sky is the absolute limit for KAT and I truthfully believe he has the potential to be a future Hall-of-Famer. The 2016 Rookie of the Year will be a force to be reckoned with for a long, long time, especially with other young gun Andrew Wiggins and Minnesota’s addition of Jimmy Butler. Towns has the best numbers of the trio this season and I believe that KAT will finally earn his first All-Star game selection in 2018. This is a crucial year for KAT’s career and progress and I believe he ends it with his first All-Star game and first playoffs appearance.

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Jake Montgomery (23 - Bellerose, New York) has been a die-hard sports fan since he could swing a bat and toss the pigskin. He graduated from Adelphi University in May 2016 with a B.A. in Communications and a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. His career objective is to combine his passion for sports with his business and on-air abilities to gain experience in the various facets of sports journalism and sports broadcasting. Jake started off his sports broadcasting career as a Promotions Assistant for WFAN Sports Radio (2013-2017). After several years with the FAN, Jake has recently begun a new chapter in his life – 98.7FM ESPN New York. Starting in early April 2017, Jake has already assisted in various promotions and remote broadcasts for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. As a teenager and young adult, Jake was also a successful on-camera and voiceover actor. He is currently a member of SAG-AFTRA Union and has been featured in over 50 television and radio commercials, including Trix Yogurt, Lucky Charms Cereal and even a New York Rangers commercial that aired back in 2006. While Jake follows all sports teams, he is a major fan of the following: New York Yankees (MLB) New York Giants (NFL) and New York Knicks (NBA). He will cover all three of these major sports for KeepingItRealSports.com.

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